…nd racial oppression, immigration, trans rights, reproductive rights, and religious discrimination. To be able to take issues fundamental to the health and safety of millions of people and turn them into sport where winners and losers are decided by talking points requires some level of insulation from the negative impacts of the outcome in order to enjoy participating.
We look down on people for “just” participating, but participating is what it’s all about. The best things in life — weddings, births, parties, dances — they are often things you don’t win, they are things you just participate in. There is so much more joy to be had other than the joy of winning.